Seen today on the scales in the ship’s fitness room:

“Travel is not about where you’ve been, but what you’ve gained.”

Haha. To be sure, I have gained an awful lot over the last 10 days, in every sense – experiences, friends, insights, and pounds (to clarify – not pounds sterling, alas, but pounds lard.)

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the naturalists, staff, captain and crew of the National Geographic Explorer, and to all my wonderful fellow guests for all the fascinating conversations we have enjoyed over the last ten days. It has been formative. Now I just need a good debrief with my journal to figure out what it is that this trip has formed.

Tomorrow I fly back to Australia to continue with presentations and preparations. Back to work!


  • You now weigh -2 pounds, wow! Glad you had such a great experience. Exciting as well! Best of luck on your presentations, now you have more to add! JohnH

  • I thought you said you needed to fatten up for your next row anyway? Did you take any cues from the seals there? A pure diet of raw oily fish would do the trick. Isn’t that similar to the eskimo’s diet?

  • Hi Roz,
    My name is Andrew Abrahams. I am in Brisbane Australia and would love to get a chance to meet with you. I am entered in the Atlantic Row this year. If you are here in Aus please check out my site and contact me. Take it easy. Cheers Andrew.

  • Here are some fun pithy quotes I thought others would enjoy. -Bruce

    Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.
    ~Henrik Tikkanen

    “The things you own end up owning you.”* -*Tyler Durden, *Fight Club*

    “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”—David Hieatt

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